Thursday, February 20, 2020






AHSAA Mourns the Death of Long-Time High School Educator Dr. Bill Marsh

MONTGOMERY – The AHSAA is saddened to learn of the death of Dr. Bill Marsh, 85, the retired Director of Schools and Athletic Director for the Birmingham City Schools, who was inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2012. He passed away Saturday morning, October 20, at his home after a recent illness. He is survived by his wife of 44 years Joyce Marsh.

“Birmingham, the AHSAA and the entire state of Alabama has lost one of its true leaders in educational athletics,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “He was a passionate administrator who remained a steadfast advocate for Birmingham’s City Schools. He affected so many students, teachers and parents in such a positive way. The AHSAA offers condolences to the Marsh family.”

A Woodlawn High School graduate, Dr. Marsh played football and baseball at Howard College (Samford University), earned his master’s in education and Doctorate from the University of Alabama. A U.S. Navy veteran who served in the Korean War conflict, he embarked on a high school teaching and coaching career in the 1950s, first at Hewitt-Trussville High School for six years and then for one year at West End High School. He moved to the college coaching ranks at Florida State, University of Tampa and Troy State in the 1960s but returned to Birmingham in 1968 as principal at Corner High School for two years and then served as principal at Phillips High School for eight years. In worked in various administrative positions for the Birmingham City Schools becoming the Director of Athletics in 1986, a position he remained in through 1995.

Under Dr. Marsh’s direction, Birmingham City Schools won five state titles in boys’ basketball, one in girls’ basketball, two in volleyball and one in girls’ track.  He also established athletic programs in the school system’s middle schools and resurrected baseball at the high schools.

A passionate educator who strived to put the children’s needs first, he remained a steadfast advocate for the Birmingham City Schools for the two decades. The funeral will be Wednesday, Oct. 24, at noon at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Trussville. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at the Jefferson Memorial Gardens, with military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Huffman Baptist Church, 700 Huffman Road, Birmingham, AL 35215 or the Kenny Morgan Scholarship Fund, PO Box 1506, Birmingham, AL 35201.

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